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SUV that fell into river belonged to missing family, officials determine

SUV that fell into river belonged to missing family, officials determine

Manorama News reported on Sunday that the deceased was Soumya, a native of Padamugal in Kakkanad, Kochi.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, rescue teams pressed on with a search along the river bank, the highway patrol's local branch in Garberville said.

Authorities discovered the body of a child near where a Valencia family's van might have crashed in Northern California, officials announced Friday.

"Several items have been positively identified, by family members, as belonging to the Thottapilly family", it said. Alexandra Argyropoulos, who told The Associated Press previously that she contacted OR child welfare officials, said in an email Friday that Jennifer Hart ran the household "like a regimented boot camp".

On Thursday, the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office said it had found belongings of the Thottapilly family, of Santa Clarita, as well as vehicle parts from their SUV about 14 miles down river from where investigators believe they rolled down an embankment. A body of a Black female was found in the ocean and not far from the crash site, which authorities believe is Hannah or Sierra, but are awaiting the results of an autopsy.

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The items had turned up over the course of searches of the South Fork of the Eel River over the past two days, the statement said.

Investigators began to examine the possibility that the disappearance might be linked to a report that the highway patrol received on April 6 of a vehicle plummeting into the Eel River from USA 101, a north-south highway that runs through Washington State, Oregon and California. They used an underwater probe to see if the vehicle or anything metallic could be located. Earlier the authorities announced they were able to locate numerous items that appeared to have come from the vehicle belonging to the missing family. And the family went missing while on their vacation.

Police identified their vehicle as a maroon or burgundy 2016 Honda Pilot with license plates 7MMX138. On the morning of March 25, Jennifer Hart was recorded on surveillance video at a Safeway in Fort Bragg, about 15 miles south of where the family was found dead the next day.

The family from Santa Clarita have not been heard from since late last week when they were in Klamath-Redwood National Park area in Northern California.


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